Thursday, February 15, 2018

Insta Got Me: M.Gemi, Fre Skincare, Thursday Boots

Those f*cking ads that pop on instagram frequently get me. Do I need another pair of boots or heels? No. Do I get sucked into buying a pair anyway? Yes. Then there are the coupon codes that are too good to pass up. This is going to be a haul post & I will do an updated thoughts post once I've gotten a chance to really use all of my purchases so that I can give my best review of them!

First, M.Gemi which I had been eyeing but ultimately it was my mother that had me finally biting the bullet. My mom had bought two of the flats, one leather and one suede, and she highly recommended them. Let us ignore how pale I am (it's winter, okay?) and admire the packaging - 100% amazing. The shoes are handmade so each pair you get may fit a little differently. I haven't been able to wear these shoes out because of the snow.. tbh probably won't be able to until spring finally comes.

I also bought a pair of Thursday boots after my sister got one of the styles for Christmas. I, again, had been eyeing the ads and talked myself out of buying these frequently. Then I saw this style with a little heel pop up and I was done. I bought both a half size and full size and they honestly both fit. I kept the larger size incase I wanted to wear a thicker sock with these boots. My one complaint after wearing them is that there is a seam or edge that rubs against my shin and I worry that if I wear these boots for an extended period of time, its going to really irritate my skin. I'm going to try a few things out (including breaking in the boots) and let you know if anything works!

Fre was my most recent instagram buy. As always, I had seen the ads for a while AND many of the accounts I follow were posting about this skincare line. I was thinking that I wanted to get myself back into a good skincare routine before buying this set because honestly I do have a few products that I need to use up. Then, there was a code to buy 1 set and get 1 free and my wallet took another hit. I've been using the line for a few days a like it so far. I've incorporated a few new things so I am not sure what is changing my skin but something is definitely making some progress and my skin is improving. 

 Do you get sucked into the ads too? If you do, have you purchased anything and have you liked it? Also, have you tried any of the things in this post? Let me know in the comments below!

xox Sarah

Friday, February 9, 2018

Sephora Haul

Sephora similar to Target for me, as in, I go in intending to buy 1 thing and come out spending over $100 on things I did not need/did not plan to buy. I did do much better this round. I actually bought one of the things I went in for (I didn't realize the other product was not sold at Sephora yet). I ended up buying the item in two different colors and two different formulations but I'm counting it. I also walked out with an anti-wrinkle serum, so they got me there.

The product I was planning to buy was the YSL Glossy Stain. I had been eying it online but wanted to see the colors in person. Funny enough, the color I picked online ended up being the one I bought when I saw them in person. I wanted a red color to wear to an event that I have coming up. I was originally planning to wear a light dress so I wanted to play it safe and go with a lip stain because I am a walking accident waiting to happen hence the blog name "Mumbles & Mishaps." After looking at a bunch of the colors in both the glossy and vinyl cream formulation of the shades, I settled on one color from each so that I had options for the night in question. I bought the Glossy Stain Lip Color in shade 11 (Rouge Gouache)  and the Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in shade 409 (Burgundy Vibes). I tried out the glossy stain after I bought it and I really liked it. We will see how the one that pick wears at this event coming up but I can see this becoming a dangerous favorite and know in the future I will probably end up with a variety of colors. 

Next, my job stresses me the F*** out and I'm pretty sure I'm getting gray hairs from it. My skin has taken a beating this winter between the weather and working in a hospital. I was debating between a serum or a product to fight wrinkles (even though I don't really have any yet.) I was intrigued by the Caudalie Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum because the world knows that I need both of those things..

Sometime in the future, once I use these products for a little bit, I will give an update post on likes, dislikes, (maybe a battle), and if I would recommend others try these out!

xox, Sarah

Monday, February 5, 2018

Fit This: Btone Fitness

Do you ever see someone on instagram and you just think "#goals?" I do. We're going to refer to this as body envy. As much as I am trying to love and accept myself, there are still people I see and it reminds me of the text post talking about stalking girls more than guys on insta... "how you get your hair so shiny, brows like that etc." I also admire when people show where their passion lies. People who are so passionate about yoga make me want to get into and be better at yoga for example. Do they also gain beautiful shapes and bodies from their passions? Yes, which is also inspiring. Now that I've gotten yoga back into my weekly routine, my next goal was to try pilates. I'm sure that some have figured it out by now (from language alone), but for those who haven't, I'm from Boston and in Boston we have Btone Fitness.
Image result for btoneI am always open to changing up my workout routine to stop myself (and my body) from getting bored. I did mat pilates for years in college. Prior to college, I tried Btone with a friend and I thought for about a week I tore through my abdomen (I was fine.) Now, I would like to think I am in better shape now than my pre-college self and Btone has opened up multiple studios since I last attended a class. I got myself one of the introductory 3 classes for $30 (in 30 days from purchase date) and signed up for a class the next day. I LOVED the class. After a refresh on how to use the machine I was ready. It was also super helpful that the instructor was able to get on a machine and demo most of the moves. I was struggling (and so was everyone else) but I was loving it and the class flew by. I was so sore for the next 2 days. Not feeling like I ripped my abs open sore but I definitely hit some muscles that I haven't in a while. Can I see how this exercise could transform bodies? Yes. Can I see why people stick with it? Also, yes. Am I going to stick with it? 100%.

I went to my second class a week later. I was sleep deprived from night shifts but knowing that I actually had the workout scheduled and that there's a $15 late cancel fee got my a** out of bed. I underestimated how sore I still was from the first class. The second class, though also their signature Tone class, felt very different from the first but still flew by. I struggled almost the entire time but I did feel amazing after the class. As I type this I am currently so sore from the class. At this point, I cannot believe that people do these classes multiple times in one week. One week between classes didn't feel like enough of a recovery for my body.

If you're in the Boston area, what are some of your favorite fitness classes/studios? If you've tried Btone, what were your thoughts? Let me know below!

xox Sarah

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Things Are Changing...

WARNING: long post ahead
Now, I have been an avid Apple user since 2008 when I got my first black MacBook that I absolutely adored. Since that beloved first laptop, I have had a few more laptops from Mac. I had a MacBook Pro that crashed within a year and a half. I most recently had my MacBook Air, which I've had since 2013 and survived quite a bit. My Air had been acting up for a while now but I mostly ignored it because it was still functional. With this most recent update, my air started having a more difficult time. It is still functional but there is something I like to call a warm-up process. Whenever I open my computer I have to wait at least 10 (and up to 20) minutes for applications including safari to start working. Once it is up and running, we are up and running. The lag was getting to me and I had been toying with the idea of trying a PC again, just to switch things up after 10 years. Computers are getting real fancy and Apple's prices are up there not going to lie. I looked into it and decided if I was going to do this, I was going to go big. Since my life has been all Apple up until this point, I double checked that I coud still have my cloud on a Windows, which yes, you can. Next I got to thinking about size and weight. I really liked the weight of my air and did not want a computer much heavier. I also definitely do not need a 15" screen.. I watch videos on my computer yes but that is the majority of my heavy use at the moment. Plus, I like easily fitting my laptop in my bag and 15" can take up a bit of space. I then decided it would be pretty cool to get one of the 2-in-1 laptops because a touch screen is definitely something different from Apple (minus the iPad obviously). Since I haven't used anything besides an apple in a while, I had no clue what specs I wanted/needed to look out for. I did my research on the different kinds of drives you can have in a computer, looked at reviews for how loud the fans were, how hot the computer got, and obviously processing speed and screen resolution for all of my Netflix watching. I also wanted something that was on the lower end expense-wise while getting all of the features that I desired. If I was going to shell out over 1 grand for a laptop I honestly probably would've just stuck with what I know a.k.a. Apple.

Longer story short, I decided on the HP Spectre. I liked that it was smaller than 15", lightweight, a 2-in-1, and it had a ton of good reviews. Bonus, it came with a pen and a carrying sleeve. You can even use either your fingerprint or face as a way to log into the computer which is pretty neat. I also liked that there were color options beyond silver/gray. After 10 years, I am back to my nifty black laptop but this time it is an HP.

Things I forgot about computers that were not Macs:
- The cursor looks different but there are some customization options with it
- The download window still looks like it did when I had my first computer (a Dell desktop) back in 2005
- Everything in general is much more squared off/pointed where apple features lots of rounded edges
-Where the control key falls on the keyboard - the command keys are a bit different than on a Mac
- Anti-Virus software/scans - I had them in college on my Mac because it was basically required but it wasn't something that I paid attention to regularly.

Things I'm still working on figuring out:
- how to get my email (iCloud) to properly sync (just wait guys)
- Windows in general - it has been a hot minute and I now have Windows 10 and don't know what the f*ck I'm doing
- the trackpad - some parts of it are more sensitive and the click is definitely something I need to get used to but I'm really digging the touch screen aspect (and yes, I did google how to adjust the sensitivity and the touch pad in general but it is still different period)

I am still working on getting my new computer fully set up with everything that I like and that I use on a regular basis.

So things are still changing guys however, those changes no longer include switching to a PC. After I wrote the majority of this post, I continued to have difficulty setting up my email on my new laptop. I tried my iCloud email and my gmail accounts and the computer always said that it couldn't find the server or the server dropped etc.

I called one support to be referred to another one to spend 2 hours talking to them only to be told that it's not their issue and referred to another support. Finally, I sent the laptop back for a replacement after everyone decided that yes, there was a problem but it was not their or their program's problem.

While waiting for the replacement (to be built and shipped from China), I continued to use my MacBook Air. The slowness was not as much of an issue however I started having issues with Safari and my computer wanted to do another update.. I'm not quite sure if it can handle that.

After receiving my replacement laptop, not going to lie, I didn't have high hopes. Immediately I began to run into the same problems but on top of everything, this laptop was much slower and wouldn't load. Within 48 hours of receiving my second laptop, I sent it back for a refund this time.

I tried and after two strikeouts I decided the universe wanted me to stick with what I know, Apple. I do love Apple products and seeing as my biggest issue with the computers has been the longevity, which wasn't actually a huge issue for the majority of my laptops. Minus my MacBook Pro crashing after 1.5 years in college, my original MacBook had lasted me 4-5 (I had gotten a new computer because I was going to college and could've used an update due to issues with the battery but my MacBook was still functional) and my MacBook Air that I've had for almost 5 years now and it survived nursing school (and many other college shenanigans). If it ain't broke don't fix it.

After dropping the laptop off at a FedEx, I drove to the Apple store because if I was going to try laptop number 3 in almost as many weeks, it was going to be exactly what I needed. I figured that the MacBook Airs are probably due for a new release soon (since they've reformatted the charging cables and USB ports on their newer released Macs) so I wasn't going to get one of those right now.  went in trying to decide between the MacBook and the MacBook Pro. I wanted to understand the differences between the two and the various different models. After explaining what I use the computer for AND including that incase I did decide to go back to grad school, I wanted a laptop that could handle that, I decided on the 13" MacBook Pro. Both the MacBook and MacBook Pro's resolution and screen colors would be an upgrade from what I was used to with my Air. The MacBook was just a little too small; though I definitely saw the appeal of the size and weight, but I do like watching shows and videos on my laptop and could use a little bit of a bigger screen. There are also some differences in processing speed and that the MacBook has one USB spot that doubles for the charging port but it did seem like a very nice option. After discussing the differences between the "base" MacBook Pro (there are two different sizes of storage) and the MacBook Pro with the touch bar and Touch ID, I did what I always do and I consulted my mother. It was explained that unless I was a video editor or avid gamer, I probably wouldn't notice the slight difference in processing speed between the two but certain aspects of the touch bar could be useful to me. I was considering going with the base MacBook Pro but did ultimately end up with the MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar and I am in love.

I wish that this post was going to end a little differently not going to lie. I really did want to try something new but for right now it just wasn't in the cards for me. I don't mean to bash HP because they were actually absolutely lovely to deal with through al of this and very accommodating. Right now it wasn't in the cards for me but hey, we'll see what happens in another 5 years.

Dear MacBooks and Apple, I am sorry that I thought about straying but if you don't try then you'll never know.

xox Sarah

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Battle of the Micellar Waters: Burt's Bees vs. Garnier

I used to have a skin routine down pat. We're talking AM and PM routine. That routine existed in high school. Then I went to college and I became lazy with my routine and then, I got a job and started #adulting became even lazier. It went from a "bad day" with my routine was I forgot to exfoliate on one of my exfoliation days to a "good day" being that I took off my makeup before bed and if I was really feeling crazy, I even washed my face. This past summer, I became obsessed with the Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil. I used it every single night. That sh*t works and I loved it. Because of my love for the cleansing oil, I decided to try the Burt's Bees Micellar Cleansing Water because I was reverting to my laziness and wanted a quicker way to remove my makeup at night. I had used micellar water before and wanted to give a different brand a try.

ENTER SHOWDOWN: Burt's Bees vs Garnier

I really wanted to love it. I don't. I barely use it and when I do, I don't feel like it removes 80% of my makeup. You know when you "take off" your eye makeup and the next day you wake up looking like a raccoon and need to remove it again? That is my experience with this product. Even though I didn't love it, I did spend money on it so I wanted to use it up but honestly folks, I just can't do it. I never reach for this product and it is sitting collecting dust on my counter.

When I travelled home for the holidays, I forgot all makeup removers/cleansers (whoops). When I said that, my mom began raving about the Micellar Cleansing Water that she was using which was the Garnier one. She told me how good it was at removing eye makeup especially and I had to give it a try. Ladies and Gents, I'm in love. Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water works insanely well. Since I was trying to use up my Burt's Bees one, I only bought myself the travel bottle of the Garnier. Big mistake. The Garnier I reach for every night and it feels like it is removing my makeup. It does feel much more oily than the Burt's Bees cleansing water but that may be what is making it more effective against my mascara.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing water > Burt's Bees Micellar Cleansing Water

Even though, I did want to get my money's worth for the Burt's Bees cleansing water, I can't do it. I decided that I am tossing it and using the Garnier full time. Really the only reason it stuck around this long was because I needed to take a photo of it for this post and between work and #procrastinationnation I hadn't gotten around to it. Today it goes in the barrel.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year, Same Me [plus a few enhancements]

EVERY year I do New Year's Resolutions/Goals and I have rarely ever completed any.. Maybe my goal this year should be to accomplish at least one of my goals this year.. This year, I did things a little differently and made a NUMBER of resolutions/goals hoping that one of the many things I want to do this year will be accomplished.

1. Connect more with people - I suck at keeping in touch. I want to make an effort this year to actually keep in touch with friends better and reconnect with some of the people that I've lost touch with. If I do not see you in my daily life, I have a hard time keeping in touch. I also need to get out of my house more and connect with people in general. I am someone who needs alone time to reset and recharge but I do tend to isolate and that is something I really want to work on this year.

2. USE MY GYM MEMBERSHIP. I pay for Equinox and that is not a cheap membership letmetellya. It is especially not a membership to blow off. I want to work on going to the gym (kill two birds with one stone because it will also get me out of the house more) a few times per week, like at least 3. I got pretty sick this fall did not go to the gym for 2 MONTHS. That is a huge expense to not use.

3. Spend less money. I am a huge boredom and stressed shopper. Online shopping is my BFF and I am a sucker for all of those ads on instagram. 2018 is going to be the year of budgeting for this girl right here (hopefully). 

4. Take better care of my teeth - aka flossing daily and oil pulling regularly are two habits that I really want to work to form. I do take good care of my teeth but I want to focus on them more this year.

5. Only order out alone occasionally. DoorDash is another one of my BFFs. I buy all of this food at the grocery store then I get a craving or I'm bored or I'm stressed and then I order food. Going back to decreasing spending, if I'm already spending on groceries, why am I also spending on food delivery. I am all about moderation and if I want to order out it should be more of a social interaction. I want to go out to eat and engage with people or order with other people and make a night of it (even at work).

6. Be mindful of what I am putting into my body (and follow the TIU plan more closely) - You may notice the motto of this year is - if I spent money on it, I want to use it.  I want to focus mainly on whole foods however I am still going to practice balance and eat my favorite foods. Vacations and events with friends should not be spent worrying about food, they should be about enjoyment in my opinion. I want to be more mindful of what I am eating, when I am eating, and the amounts I am eating. Am I eating because I'm bored and upset or because I'm hungry? 

7. Start practicing yoga regularly/stretching daily. I used to stretch ALL of the time. TBH my body feels like sh*t most days because I am so insanely tight now. It almost amazes me how much of my flexibility that I've lost. I also love yoga but it has really been put on the back burner. I want to improve my yoga practice and flexibility this year to work towards feeling the best that I can physically and mentally. 

8. Finish Harry Potter and read more. I also love love love reading. I have never read HP all of the way through, it was actually one of my goals for last year that I created half way through the year and did not accomplish. I have definitely stopped reading as much as I normally do and it saddens me because I love transporting into a world that is different than my own for a little bit of time each day.

9. Read the Bible - it was a goal last year and it is a goal this year because I did not accomplish it. There is more but I'm just not going to go into depth on this one.

10. Get out of the house more - please refer to goal #1

11. Improve handwriting - talk about life goals. My handwriting has almost gotten worse with age and I would really like for it to get better. I have to handwrite stuff at work. It is almost embarrassingly bad at this point. 

12. Learn how to sew. I want to know how to sew buttons, I want to be able to take in my clothing or hem things. I also would like to be able to fix holes in my clothing etc. Nothing crazy for now but maybe one day I would like to learn how to make things. 

13. Blog regularly - 'nuff said. I'm deciding what exactly I want this blog to be. I feel like I love too many things just to pick one. Posts may turn to more journal like posts for a little but it's going to be an adventure and we shall see where it goes.

14. Last but not least: Journal daily. I am someone who needs to get my thoughts out of my head and down on paper. I would also like to see how much progress I have made throughout the year and see how much my life/thinking has changed. I used to journal intermittently and recently got the chance to read and reflect on old journals. Let's just say, I have made an incredible amount of progress and changed quite a bit. I am excited to see what 2018 has in store for me but would also like to be able to look back on it.

**bonus - try to learn a new language

With this many goals, I theoretically should be able to accomplish one of them.. 

xox Sarah

Friday, November 3, 2017

Body Reset Diet Phases 2 & 3

This is going to be a combo post because it is going to be very short. While I did well with phase 1, I totally blew phase 2. I also got wicked sick when I was supposed to be in phase 3 which definitely threw a wrench into my plans.

Why did I fail phase 2? I was very lenient with my meal/snack. With phase 1, I always knew that it was going to be a smoothie. When I was having a hard time getting all 3 smoothies in during the day, I would pick and choose my favorites. When it came to adding a meal, my day essentially turned into one smoothie and one meal when  I should be having two smoothies. To compensate, I justified way too many snacks.. aka I could've had another smoothie when I was eating all of that. Then on a completely unrelated note I got very sick. I had two viruses in succession AND a sinus infection at the same time. During that time I could barely manage to get down water to keep myself hydrated. Now I'm on the mend but before I try any resets I want to be 100% healed and healthy. I'm almost done with my course of antibiotics and have more energy though I'm still getting fatigued easily. I lost a fair amount weight from being sick which will bounce back on probably by the end of this week. Right now, I'm focusing on eating enough and nourishing my body to be as healthy as possible. I definitely want to try the Body Reset again and really focus on sticking to the meals provided in the guide.

I really wanted to stick with this diet but I definitely lost motivation during phase 2. Did I see results quickly with the first phase? Yes. Do I wish that I had stuck with the program for the full 15 days? Yes, but this is real life and real life doesn't always stick to plans.

I hopefully have a few more posts including a huge haul coming up! If there is anything else you would like to see, comment below!

xox Sarah